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Dec
12
comment The male name Yona
Please note: My prior comment makes a lot of debatable assumptions. Another example is the name Simcha, which is grammatically feminine.
Dec
12
comment The male name Yona
The coincidence of grammatical gender and gender of the signified person when it comes to naming after pre-existing animals or objects isn't necessarily meaningful. Male ostriches, for example, are also b'nos ya'ana, and it would therefore not be problematic (for grammatical reasons, irrespective of aesthetics) to name a baby boy Bas Ya'ana.
Dec
12
comment Males named מיכל?
Wow. This is a compelling find (if not etymological)!
Dec
12
comment Noach with seven mistakes
Phonetics plus the mistaken final ן.
Dec
12
comment Fast of the Tenth of the month of Teves
Joshua Lee, welcome to mi.yodeya and thank you for this additional angle on the answer! Stay tuned to Gershon Gold's latest series on calendar dates, as you will surely have contributions to make. Consider registering to become a full-fledged mi.yodeya member.
Dec
11
comment Writing on t'filin straps
@Alex I think that is an answer to the original question at least as much as it is a comment on yydl's.
Dec
11
comment Jewish Android Apps
Rob, welcome to mi.yodeya and thank you for the useful answer! Consider registering by following the link at the top of your User page to reap all the benefits of full mi.yodeya membership.
Dec
10
comment History of 5 Teveis
Here is the sublink from the aforelinked site: chabad.org/calendar/view/day_cdo/aid/233829/jewish/…
Dec
10
comment “Law of Attraction”?
Thanks. These are great sources as well.
Dec
10
comment “Law of Attraction”?
I would tend to agree with Shalom, that this seems to be an economic observation rather than a metaphysical prediction (also based on the משנה in ביכורים to the same effect), but perhaps those are the terms in which this strange theory should be addressed anyway.
Dec
10
comment “Law of Attraction”?
Yes, how could I forget בא לטהר מסייעין לו! (bottom of hebrewbooks.org/shas.aspx?mesechta=6&daf=38b&format=pdf)
Dec
10
comment On the giving of tzedaka
@Ben Masada Are you defining "merit" as distinct from "reward"? If so, by what means do you evaluate merit? If not, based on what precedent do you disagree with the Shulchan Aruch in determining Jewish law?
Dec
10
comment On the giving of tzedaka
The required element of מצוה observance known as כוונה refers to intent, not mood.
Dec
8
comment Stripes on a Talis
Are those two separate questions or is the first one a lead-up to the second? I am assuming the former in my answer below.
Dec
6
comment On the giving of tzedaka
By "mood" do you mean כוונה?
Dec
5
comment What's the significance of “a loved Mitzvah”?
The implication by juxtaposition is that the belovedness, pirsumei nisa, and this requirement are all in some way causally related.
Dec
2
comment Burden of proof for birkas “she'Asa nisim”?
Can you also assume it was lit in the proper place and not moved to where it currently sits, that it was done for the mitzva, etc.?
Dec
2
comment Non-Jew's marriage obligation
@Isaac Moses, in the ensuing months it has come to my attention just how wrong my assumptions here were. It turns out many people include many more things in the obligations of B'nei No'ach even though only those 7 are listed under the title "mitzvos B'nei No'ach" in Sanhedrin. An amazing example is found in אגרות משה א"ח חלק ב סימן כו.
Dec
2
comment “Ad shetichleh” or “ad shetikaleh”?
How would you translate the phrase precisely?
Dec
1
comment What size hex nut will properly fit a standard chanukah candle?
My memory tells me the hex nuts we used as children were the perfect size. I will have to examine a specimen this week.